The EU funded project HealthPro targeting North and South Darfur for a total amount of 15 Meuro has been launched today at the presence of the Federal Minister of Health Dr. Osama Abd Elrahim, the European Ambassador Robert Van Den Dool the Italian Ambassador Gianluigi Vassallo and North and South Darfur Ministries of Health respectively Mujtaba El Tigani and Rehab.
The project in line with the EU humanitarian-development-peace Nexus Action approach in Sudan – fostering the transition from humanitarian aid to a sustainable health system - promotes durable solutions for displacement-affected communities and access to quality health services in target localities in North and South Darfur. The initiative strengthens the different building blocks of the decentralized health system, sustaining democratic inclusion and community participation for a sustainable development.
Ambassador Robert Van den Dool, Head of Delegation of the Delegation of the European Union to Sudan underlined that health is a priority sector for the cooperation of the EU with Sudan, with a total commitment of 77 Meuro since 2013. The European Union Ambassador recalled the joint commitment to better health and universal health coverage in Sudan, in line with the National Health Policy and Strategy, which will give guidance to health systems development in Sudan over the transition phase and beyond. The project HealthPro brings together experienced humanitarian and development cooperation actors, GOAL and the Italian Development Cooperation, building upon the experience of similar approach implemented in West Darfur, concluded the Ambassador.
Ambassador Gianluigi Vassallo reconfirms the evidence that Italy as a EU Member State is committed to support Sudan to reduce health inequalities and to progress towards universal coverage by health services, in line with SDGs SDG 3 and 3.8. HealthPro Program comes in a very crucial moment – added the Ambassador - after the Juba Peace Agreements (JPA) on 3rd of October 2020. We feel this responsibility, entrusted by EU to Italy as a Member State, but also we feel the obligation to be a partner to MoH Sudan in building present peace and future stability, concluded the Italian Ambassador.
The AICS Head of Office – Vincenzo Racalbuto – recalled that Sudan health services accessibility at community and facility level is still limited and less than 40% of the health facilities provide minimum health care package, maternal mortality rate is still unacceptable high and undernutrition can dramatically undermine the future productive generation of youth. It is, thus, against this challenging backdrop that EU-Italy and Sudan commit themselves. We believe that a sustainable and inclusive growth requires investment in the main component of human development, argued Vincenzo Racalbuto.
The initiative is a real contribution to stability during the present transitional process in Darfur. We are strongly committed to support our Italian and Goal partners to provide equitable accessible care to IDPs in their new residential areas and to host communities, echoed jointly the Ministries of North and South Darfur.
Dr. Osama Abd Elrahim, Federal ministry of Health, welcomed the HealthPro project and recalled that the Government of Sudan is investing in Human Development and social sectors in order to invest in peace and stability. Strengthening governance and institutional capacity of Health Sector will harvest the fruits of development, concluded the Minister.
Khartoum 02 February2021